NEC Philharmonia + Mei-Ann Chen: Clyne, Dukas, Strauss, Tchaikovsky

NEC: Jordan Hall | Directions

290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
United States

Guest conductor and NEC alumna, Mei-Ann Chen ('95, '98 MM), leads the NEC Philharmonia in a performance of Anna Clyne's Masquerade, Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1.  The Tchaikovsky soloist is Andrew Li '23 MM, the winner of the annual concerto competition.

This is an in-person event with a private stream available to the NEC community here

  • Andrew Li '23 MM, piano
  1. Anna Clyne | Masquerade (2013)

    Program note

    Masquerade draws inspiration from the original mid-18th century promenade concerts held in London’s pleasure gardens. As is true today, these concerts were a place where people from all walks of life mingled to enjoy a wide array of music. Other forms of entertainment ranged from the sedate to the salacious with acrobatics, exotic street entertainers, dancers, fireworks and masquerades. I am fascinated by the historic and sociological courtship between music and dance. Combined with costumes, masked guises and elaborate settings, masquerades created an exciting, yet controlled, sense of occasion and celebration. It is this that I wish to evoke in Masquerade.

    The work derives its material from two melodies. For the main theme, I imagined a chorus welcoming the audience and inviting them into their imaginary world. The second theme, Juice of Barley, is an old English country dance melody and drinking song, which first appeared in John Playford’s 1695 edition of The English Dancing Master.

    -Anna Clyne

    Masquerade was commissioned by the BBC and received its premiere at the 2013 Last Night of the Proms.

  2. Paul Dukas | The Sorcerer's Apprentice

  3. Richard Strauss | Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, op. 28

  4. Intermission

  5. Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky | Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, op. 23

    Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
    Andantino semplice – Prestissimo – Tempo I

    Allegro con fuoco – Molto meno mosso – Allegro vivo

    • Andrew Li '23 MM, piano